York Region Food Network opened its first community garden in MARKHAM in 1994. The Markham garden, currently with 85 individual plots, has continued each summer. YRFN started the NEWMARKET Community Garden in 1995, and it recently expanded to 85 plots. The AURORA Community Garden continues to grow from its’ beginning in 1996, with 56 plots.
YRFN also acts as a resource for groups interested in starting up new community gardens in York Region.
Many individuals and community organizations participate in the York Region Food Network Community Garden program. Land is made available free of charge by a local family (Markham), the Town of Aurora and the Town of Newmarket. Each municipality partners with York Region Food Network to assist with the general maintenance duties at each garden.
Local corporations, high school students and service groups offer their support. Seeds, plants, tools, wheelbarrows, sheds and other supplies are often donated or provided at cost by local businesses or service groups. YRFN receives charitable donations for the gardens from foundations, corporations and individuals.
There is no charge to participate. Many gardeners choose to make a donation to YRFN to assist with operating costs. Garden participants are asked to volunteer at least five hours a season and everyone is encouraged to donate some of their produce to their local food bank. All local residents are invited to participate, however, priority is given to residents with little or no green space. No previous gardening experience is required. Fellow gardeners are always happy to share their expertise with novice gardeners.
Please note a limited number of plots are available.
For more information on the YRFN Community Gardens, contact us at email@example.com
Markham Community Garden